Lyon are very active in every single game but unfortunately they aren’t getting results. Although they created more chances than opponents and were more incisive, Lyon won only 1 point in the last three rounds.
Attacking-wise Lyon seem to be in a standstill, even if both creative midfielders Valbuena and Grenier are available for action. Forward Lacazette is not constant in performances and seems to be dissatisfied for remaining at Lyon.
In defense Lyon have valuable players, but fullbacks advance frequently and defensive midfielder Gonalons is often overwhelmed by the incoming danger.
Only by looking at Bordeaux’s recent result we understand how strange Ligue1 is nowadays. After being destroyed by Lille in the Cup (lost 5-1), Bordeaux immediately bounced back and won comfortably against Rennes (finished 4-0).
Furthermore in comparison to the game against Lille, Bordeaux missed key midfielder Kahzri last round who transferred-out to Sunderland.
Striker Diabate scored twice last week, his first Ligue1 double this season, and seems to be in good form. As you may have realized Bordeaux are very unpredictable nowadays, but one thing is for sure, Diabate is an extremely talented player, who finally picked up form after a long injury, and can definitely create problems for Lyon’s defenders.
In comparison to last round guests will miss midfielder Poko who is suspended.
Bookmakers could show a bit more respect for Bordeaux considering Lyon’s standstill and the fact that Bordeaux can be very dangerous on counters. Still, both sides are very unpredictable nowadays and the game could easily go either way.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Lyon: A.Lopes, Gorgelin – Bedimo, Umtiti, Yanga-Mbiwa, Morel, Jallet – Darder, Ferri, Tolisso, Gonalons, Grenier, Valbuena, Ghezzal – Kalulu, Lacazette, Cornet, Labidi
Bordeaux: Prior, Bernardoni – Contento, Debuchy, Guilbert, Poundjé, Yambéré, L.Sané – Arambarri, Chantôme, Plasil, Ounas, Ab.Traoré, Vada – Crivelli, C.Diabaté, Rolan, T.Touré, Malcolm